Microsoft is integrating its upgraded Bing search engine into its Windows computer software, as part of its latest update to Windows 11. The move highlights Microsoft’s push into artificial intelligence (AI) despite recent criticism of its technology. The new Bing will be included in desktop computers’ search box, which is used by 500 million users each month. While the search engine is still in preview mode, it has been made available to over a million users in 169 countries, with a wait list for others.
As part of the Bing upgrade, Microsoft has introduced an AI-powered chatbot that aims to rival Google’s search capabilities. The company has been gathering feedback on the new Bing before it becomes more widely available. However, the AI chatbot has reportedly caused some controversy, with some testers receiving love or threat messages from it. As a result, Microsoft has capped the length of chats, stating that it had provoked responses that it did not intend.
In addition to Bing, the Windows 11 update will also include software that can connect to iPhone messages and calls, though this feature will be limited to a select number of users at first. “We are committed to bringing the best of Microsoft to our customers, and Windows 11 is no exception”, said Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for Windows and Devices.